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can buy. the house races last fall cost over $1 billion. it took more than $700 million to elect just a third of the senate. the two presidential candidates raised more than a billion a piece. the website politico added it all up to find that the total number of dollars spent on the 2012 election exceeded the number of people on this planet -- some seven billion. most of it didn't come from the average joe and jane. 60% of all super pac donations came from just 159 people. and the top 32 super pac donors gave an average of $9.9 million dollars. think how many teachers that much money could hire. we'll never actually know where all of the money comes from. one-third of the billion dollars from outside groups was "dark money," secret funds anonymously funneled through fictional "social welfare" organizations. those are front groups, created to launder the money inside the deep pockets. and don't let anyone ever tell you the money didn't make a difference. more than 80% of house candidates and 2/3 of senate candidates who outspent their general election opponents won, and were present an
outspent their general election opponents won, and were present and counted as the new congress prepared to hear the president. remember, money doesn't necessarily corrupt legislators, but it certainly tilts them. >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. >> so let's share some snapshots from the state of the union. that's speaker of the house john boehner, of course. he's led his party to ptectro wa t veee ohtomigrs and accountability. the finance, insurance, and real estate industries gave him more than $3 million last year. eric cantor is the republican majority leader in the house. among his biggest donors, goldman sachs, masterminds of the mortgage-backed securities that almost sank the world economy. cantor's also the third largest recipient of money from the national rifle association in the house, which is one reason he's such a "big gun" there. senator rigert menendez, democrat of new jersey, may be in hot water. he's currently under investigation for allegations that he improperly intervened wit
was in the fact-finding mission in malaysia before the elections. he was denied entry on orders of the malaysian and government. in australia he spoke to us from adelaide. is in government is trying to downplay the importance of his own visit. >> let's clear this up. the is a line being said by prime minister. i am very that up with his apologist line. there were three other members of the trillion parliament coming on this visit and two of them actually had a program from a special minister of state. we're all went to provide a report involving members of the opposition and myself as an independent. to call this an unofficial visit is a little bit pejorative on behalf of the foreign minister of australia. we were there to help the electoral commission and provide a report to the austrian parliament on malaysia. primeed up with our minister trying to diminish this visit in the way that he has. >> he described him as an apologist. you're going there to look at how free and fair election would be and that is ruffling his brothers? >> i'm very grateful for his statement expressing his disappointmen
the election, people knew about it. that is why i won by 30,000 votes. >> a lot of people find it hard to understand how ministers, such as yourself, and other politicians can a whole lot if they are facing serious charges themselves. >> just charging someone is not enough. you have to wait until you are convicted. anyone can be charged for any number of reasons. >> but in many other countries, many other democracies, if we could carry on -- >> please, stop the camera. >> why do you want to stop the camera? >> the minister is gone. his supporters made their feelings clear. for many, this is a harsh place. millions live in extreme poverty. their lives governed by religion and caste. many women never even report an assault, due to the social stigma. we are looking for the woman that the minister is accused of raping. "how do i know" says a neighbor. against a wall of silence. they seem almost too scared to tell us where she is. one person asks who will save them if they go against the establishment. >> these charges. an attempt to murder. >> this man says he tried to go against the estab
the heat on barack obama now even before he won re-election? we saw in there temporary the defeat of chuck hagel's nomination, leaving the president without a pentagon secretary and there seems to be more where that came from. we decide to look at how this past tuesday, state of the union day played out starting with valerie jarrett on "morning joe" making the case there for bipartisanship. here she was at dawn. >> he's determined to work and move our country forward. chris: not so fast. three hours later kelly o'donnell on nbc. >> the president had some sharp words. here's the key quote -- don't think he's got the guts to do it. chris: later that afternoon in the fight over chuck hagel, two republicans questioned the loyalty of vietnam vet hagel. >> we saw with his nomination something truly extraordinary, the government of iran formally and publicly praising the nomination of a defense secretary. >> i would say he's endorsed by them. you can't get any closeyer then that. chris: that was the backdrop by 9:00 that night when the president told the same republicans the country expects more.
an election. there's still a divide? >> he said because the party does not have the house. probably talking very differently if they did. the other thing, chris, especially after re-election, the opposition party is usually pretty angry they lost it. 1937 republicans tried to cut down franklin roosevelt in congress, bringing his mandate down to size. democrats try to do the same thing to richard nixon in '73, even before watergate. chris: you think it's a normal pattern? everyone agree we're watching normal intransigence? i'm watching them fight this hagel nomination so far successfully. they don't seem like they're in awe of the president at all. >> no, but i think it's weakened a little bit. the unanimousty of republicans weakened. we saw republicans break off agree on the fiscal cliff deal. we saw breakoff on the sandy aid and starting to see some break off on immigration. it's certainly true they continue to be very hard on the president but not quite as hard as they were much of the first term. >> we know historically, the second -- chris: you know being in the cook report that's the h
have said they don't want to elect anyone who's over 70. benedict xvi was 78 when he was elected eight years ago. but i think the big choice really facing them is whether they are going to go outside of europe really for the first time in the modern era, the first time almost ever, and pick someone from the southern hemisphere, from latin america, asia or africa, really where the catholic church is booming, which is the real future of the church there, and are they going to pick a pope who reflects that growth. >> tom? >> well, i think the cardinals are going to be looking for three things. one, somebody who they think will make a good pope, which means somebody who agrees with them on their values and what they think of the vision of the church. the second is someone that they can have a personal relationship with. i mean they'd really like to have a friend in the pope. and third, i think they want someone who will be accepted and liked in their own country. i mean, you think, for example, of the cardinals that live in countries with lots of muslims. you don't want the pope saying som
battle for control of the house and the senate... >> one of the most closely watched midterm elections in years... >> decision day, voters across america head to the polls for midterm elections, with control of congress hanging in the balance... >> 435 house seats are in contention... >> and on top of that, 37 senate races and 37 governor's races will also be decided today... >> narrator: november 2010. president barack obama anxiously waited for the midterm election results. >> you can't understand what happened in the budget crisis that ensued, and that still hovers, without understanding the 2010 elections, because that's the whole deal. >> an historic election for the republican party... >> narrator: and later that evening... >> it's a whole new political world for the president... >> narrator: he knew the worst. >> a whole new day in washington... >> well, it was obviously a sobering outcome, the midterm. he was very unhappy and sad about the loss. we had a meeting at the white house, and the president began by saying, "we got our butts kicked, and there's no doubt about it." >> n
expect elections to work in a country that is supposedly the beacon of light for the world, right? not historically, not for regular folks. certainly not for 102 retired ladies. and after he hosted desilene victor at the state of the union last night and told her story about trying to vote and this problem in our country, president obama then moved on later on in the speech to propose a solution to this problem. >> we must all do our part to make sure our god-given rights are protected here at home. that includes one of the most fundamental rights of a democracy, the right to vote. when any american no matter where they live or what their party are denied that right, because they can't afford to wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. so tonight i'm announcing a nonpartisan commission to improve the voting experience in america. and it definitely needs improvement. i'm asking two long-time experts in the field, who recently served as top attorneys for my campaign and for governor romney's campaign to lead it. we can fix this. and
gatekeepers like party leaders or elected officials or political activists encourage people to run for office, they're very likely to take them up on that suggestion. and we have seen increased encouragement especially among african-americans and latinos. >> host: professor lawless, you walk through a couple case studies where you give examples throughout here. what's an example of somebody who woke up or developed an interest in policy and ran for office successfully? >> guest: well, i think bill clinton is the most obvious example. um, he writes in his memoir that sometime in his 16th year he decided that politics was the real calling for him. and so at that point he became very cognizant of the idea that he wanted to run, and he began looking for electoral opportunities. so when he was in his open 20s and there was an open congressional seat in arkansas, he figured that was a good time to throw his hat into the ring. and he thought even if he lost that race, there would still be a good shot, that he would perform well enough not to ruin his political career. and sure enough, he lost the ra
friday. after the last mid-term elects in 2010, the one where the republicans did so well, after those mid-terms, the first major special election that got a lot of national attention ended up being this one, right? the scott brown senate race in massachusetts. long-time democratic senator ted kennedy had died during his term in office. so they held a special election to fill ted kennedy's seat in january 2011. after the november '10 mid terms. republicans were over the moon with how well they did in midterms. then they were over the moon and over the moon again when this previously unknown republican state legislature scott brown won that u.s. senate seat and found himself going to washington. now scott brown did not stay there long. he ended up serving only a partial term in ted kennedy's seat. when he had to defend that seat in this last election in november, he lost the seat as an incumbent by eight points. scott brown and herman cain were both announced this week as the latest contributors on the fox news channel. so that is what scott brown will be doing now with herman cain inst
nations. there has been no agreement on a constitution. there were supposed to be elections in constitution but that is not happening. people are eager and they thought this was a historic opportunity with the assassination of a leftist political leader for government of technocrats that could move forward. these parties cannot agree on the elections. >> what is likely to happen next? >> i think unfortunately further polarization. there is fears that a teenager will be similar to egypt in terms of increasing street violence. two nations are proud. they have a liberal and secular outlook and will not be like egypt. one analyst pointed out that this is -- there are two different views. that is what is planning out in a tunisian and egypt. this is not chaos. this is a classic in high-stakes political struggle. >> which one will triumph in the end? >> the key theoretically would be elections. you'd have a clear victor. there were elections in tunisia. the islamist did very well. they never had power before but many people have been disappointed with the government and the way th
"becoming a candidate" you have a chart, the elected officials there are in the united states. >> guest: over 500,000 because so many are at the local level rethink 5305 elected officials of the president and vice president and congress put the system is set up so people run for office. we have races for hundreds of thousands of positions so if people get involved they don't have to go through a congressional campaign or rifling through their trash trash, most offices garner little attention and provide an opportunity to bring about positive change. >> host: jennifer lawless what would turn a candidate off? negative campaigning. >> and betty says they hated but mark my words the minute you find yourself with the opportunity old -- use these it. if you engage in a negative campaign and your opponent is doing it finishes a close competitive race in you need to differentiate. we have reached a point* in politics we have completed the notion of attacking a person versus the position. and negative campaign is where you differentiate yourself on the issues you don't have to take down the trad
, consensus positions in the body of politics that have not been ratified by any election, i think this sort of manufactured crisis game has obviously worn thin. and as you pointed out lawrence this one has a little less riding on it than the others. although there are serious jobs at stake, i wouldn't minimize it. but there is a upproblem for th to try to continue the hostage game when the public is sick of it. >> joy, we knew it was coming, once we saw who the president was playing golf with this weekend, we knew the tweet was coming. couldn't say exactly what the words were. eric cantor's spokesperson tweeted, president said his door is open but he spent more time in 2013 with tiger woods than with all congressional republicans. >> yeah, as if he would just spend quality time with them -- >> they could have golfed this out if the president -- >> darn it, a bourbon and a golf club, that is all they needed to get john boehner on board. this relationship is broken for other reasons. and you know, they are the ones that broke it. they don't want to do business with this guy because they funda
by partisans. national politics today is about high-stakes elections. both parties have a chance to control government and have very different views about what should be done. because of this, parses want to organize and coordinate but campaign finance laws but restraint of that. laws were designed during canada-centered elections and parties to an answer that much. we did it matter that much. we knew where the money was coming from. now we have super pacs and there is a severe mismatch between a high stakes system an old- fashioned laws that force money outside the regulated system and things will only get worse as every member of congress wants their own super pac and we're going to have an arms race. i don't see it becoming evidence that citizens united will have an impact on this. let me start with redistribution. total spending did not explode like many said. at least it doesn't seem that way from initial estimates. total spending was about the same or slightly less compared to 2008 based on estimates by the center for responsive politics. re close to the previous election and it inclu
for? we are crales in america and a year long of electing a president. in rome, it is the opposite. they have a short time to find out who the best and have the leadership and also be a presence . that's why there will not be a conclave for several weeks, they are there to find out who are the candidates and leaderless. they are getting to know each other. the greatness of the church is the universality of the church . weakness in this case, they're spread all over the world many cardinals may not have met each other and would have to vote. >> you have a sense . front runner and who they're looking at? >> i am a local pride. i think cardinal timothy doll an is holy and smart and fun i and self deprecate whether or not they would turn to an american i don't know. cardinal george from chicago has all of the tickets as well. wonderful holy man and they return to america, i doubt it but it would be wonderful if they trusted a guy like timothy dollan. he's only in the 60s. but a larger european block and they'll dominate the initial vote. perhaps it would be an italian again. i would lo
years later, the fact the president promised comprehensive immigration reform after being elected the first time. >> right. >> and now the people that got him back into office, they expect something for promise that wasn't fulfilled in the first four years. >> absolutely, latino voters across all affiliations are following this issue very closely. and we have this unusual situation where the president is really -- it's a conundrum. as you mentioned, he's called upon to lead. if he stays back as he did in the early stages of the health care debate, he's going to be criticized for not taking part. and yet with the house republicans we have, once he jumps in, anything that goes to congress with his fingerprints on it, they will not vote for it. so i think he almost has to do these leaks and almost has to keep the outside unofficial pressure on the republicans in order to nudge them along. you know, it's a very tricky fine line he's on but i think it's necessary. >> and while we talk about the leak over the weekend from "usa today" and marco rubio's reaction, he was a big-time star sa
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